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5 Dangers Of The Keto Diet That You Should Be Aware Of


The 5 Dangers of Keto Diet That You Should Be Aware Of
The ketogenic, or “keto” diet, is among
the newest in a line of weight loss sensations
sweeping the nation.
For those who aren’t already in the know,
this particular brand of dieting prescribes
cutting down significantly on carbohydrates
in your daily meal plan, as little as 50 grams
of carbs per day, and doubling down on foods
rich in fat instead.
This causes your body to undergo a state known
as “ketosis”, which causes your body to
begin burning fat as its primary fuel source
and can theoretically lead to significant
weight loss results.
While the popularity of this new fad diet
continues to climb, the extreme nature of
the diet has people wondering: is the keto
diet really safe?
Today, we’re going to take a closer look
at some of the more harmful hazards and side
effects associated with the keto diet.
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Lack of Proper Nutrition
A standard keto diet limits your intake of
carbohydrates to about 50 grams per day.
At first, this might seem like a simple enough
restriction: just cut back on bread and foods
with a lot of added sugar, right?
Unfortunately, what you might not realize
is that carbs can also be found in more healthy
foods as well, such as most types of fruit
and certain types of vegetables.
And by reducing your intake of those foods
from your diet, you could potentially be short-changing
your body on essential vitamins, minerals
and other nutrients.
This is especially hazardous if you plan on
sticking to keto for a longer period of time.
Cutting back on fruits and veggies for the
sake of keto can also potentially reduce your
intake of fiber, which can result in bloating,
high cholesterol and blood pressure, and digestion-related
problems such as constipation and diarrhea.
When you first begin to undergo the state
of ketosis, one common occurrence is that
you may start feeling sick.
This is what’s known as the “keto flu”
and can happen as a result of your body running
out of sugar to use as fuel and adjusting
to fat instead.
Common symptoms of this keto flu include fatigue
lethargy, vomiting and gastrointestinal distress.
Fortunately, dieticians such as Kristen Kizer
of the Houston Methodist Medical Center suggest
that the symptoms of keto flu usually pass
within a few days of entering ketosis.
It’s also suggested that you can potentially
minimize the symptoms of this transition by
drinking plenty of water and resting, as well
as drinking certain types of tea and other
natural energy sources.
2.
Poor Athletic Performance
The idea that a keto diet can be harmful to
your athletic performance may come as a bit
of surprise; after all, some of the most vocal
supporters and users of the keto diet are
professional athletes.
Despite this, there appears to be a significant
body of evidence that suggests that keto can
do more harm than good in terms of your athletic
ability.
After all, a lot more goes into an athlete’s
performance than simply their ability to lose
weight.
While shedding a few extra pounds can potentially
give an athlete an edge in terms of speed
or endurance, a long-term state of ketosis
can also potentially sap you of other athletic
abilities such as strength.
Among the skeptics who questioned keto’s
value to athletes is Edward Weiss, an associate
professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint
Louis University.
In a study published in the Journal of Sports
Medicine and Physical Fitness, Weiss teamed
up with a group of colleagues to study the
effects of the ketogenic diet on athletes
who performed high-intensity activities such
as cycling and running.
The result was that the athletes performed
worse while under the effects of ketosis;
in fact, the researchers involved were able
to identify a significant drop in performance
after being on the keto diet for a mere 4
days.
According to Weiss, the reason for this dip
in performance is because ketosis puts your
body into a more acidic state, which can potentially
limit your ability to perform at peak levels
when engaged in athletic activity.
In Weiss’s own words:
“Just losing a few pounds is enough to give
you a huge advantage on the bike, but I’m
very concerned that people are attributing
the benefits of weight loss to something specific
in the ketogenic diet […] In reality, the
benefits of weight loss could be at least
partially cancelled out by reductions in performance.”
While we usually tend to assume weight loss
with an overall improvement in terms of personal
health and fitness, it’s important that
we don’t equate the two as one and the same.
3.
Possible Relapse
As you might have guessed, the keto diet’s
restrictive nature makes it an especially
strict mode of weight loss, often without
much room for deviation.
Because of the rigidity of the keto diet’s
rules, many variations of keto focus on dividing
the diet into several stages with varying
levels of intensity; typically, the first
few months of keto are the strictest, requiring
the dieter to ensure their diet is as low-carb
and high-fat as possible with very little
leeway in the way of cheat days.
After the end of this stage, people on the
keto diet may potentially be allowed to relax
into a less stringent variation of keto, with
slightly more room for carbs or less scrutinous
monitoring of your meal plan.
The problem?
According to registered dietician Annette
Frain, as soon as you relax your strict adherence
to keto’s rule’s you’re almost inevitably
going to start putting on weight again.
As Frain writes:
“Keto can be a great jump-start to weight
loss, but the reality is that most people
can’t adhere to it for very long […] Often,
people are going into ketosis and losing weight,
then coming out and gaining it back and falling
into this yo-yo pattern, and that’s not
what we want.”
Because of this, health experts and dieticians
advise that the keto diet may not be a feasible
weight loss tool for long-term weight loss.
While you may see desirable results at first,
it’s extremely likely that you’ll start
to gain weight again as soon as you go back
to eating carbs.
According to registered dietician Kristen
Kizer, these frequent back and forth fluctuations
in weight can potentially be a contributing
factor in eating disorders.
As Kizer writes:
“I think this diet appeals to people who
have issues with portion control and with
binge eating […] And in many cases, what
they really need is a lifestyle coach or a
professional counsellor to help them get to
the bottom of those issues.”
4.
Reduced Muscle Mass And Metabolism
As mentioned previously, the keto diet prioritizes
reducing carbs in your diet and consuming
more foods that are high in fat.
Depending on what variation of the keto diet
you subscribe to, this can potentially become
a problem if you’re not making room in your
diet for an adequate amount of protein.
Without an adequate protein intake, you may
be losing weight as a result of keto, but
a lot of that weight loss may be taken from
your body’s muscle mass as opposed to fat.
And by extension, since muscle burns more
calories than fat, a diminished muscle mass
will also cause your metabolism to diminish
as well.
By the same token, Kizer warns that if you
deviate from the keto diet, the weight you
gain back most likely won’t come in the
form of muscle.
While you might lose muscle mass from a keto
diet, going back from keto will probably cause
you to gain back that weight as fat instead.
At that point, you no longer have the muscle
mass to burn calories as efficiently as you
did before starting the diet, which can potentially
have lasting negative effects on your resting
metabolic rate in the long run.
5.
Increased Health Risk
In addition to everything else already mentioned,
strict adherence to the keto diet can also
potentially put you at a higher risk for certain
types of disease and other negative health
defects.
According to nutritional experts, diets that
place a high emphasis on fat can potentially
raise cholesterol levels in your body, which,
according to some studies, may make you more
likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
A long-term commitment to keto may also have
a lasting effect on your cardiovascular system,
specifically your heart as well as your arteries;
according to results gathered from one study,
people on low-carb diets may have an increased
risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a
disorder that affects your heart’s natural
rhythm and can result in other complications
such as stroke and heart failure.
According to another study by the European
Society of Cardiology, a diet that’s low
in carbs and high in fat may even make you
more susceptible to certain types of cancer.
It’s our hope that this video provides you
with a more complete picture of the pros and
cons of the keto diet, in order to help you
make an informed decision in regards to your
own weight management goals.
But what do you think?
Are you pro-keto or anti-keto?
We’re interested in hearing your feedback,
so be sure to let us know in the comments
section below and help us keep the conversation
going.

Randall Smitham

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Noel Sturrup Posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Big Bread fights back to protect its profits.

    Reply
  2. Bestie Posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    What do you think? Are you pro-keto or anti-keto? If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! 🙂

    Reply
  3. Andy Spark Posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    The title is already a clickbait.
    Can't expect some facts from this video.
    Who paid you to spread the misinformation ?

    Reply
  4. bradenevans514 Posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Seriously who paid you to make this? Jillian Michaels?

    Reply
  5. J J Posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    The person who did this video doesn't know what the hell he is talking about and is lying about the the healthy keto diet! He is probably a vegan or a shill working for big pharma, big food, or big medical industries that are dead set on sabotaging and slowing down the momentum of the successful keto diet movement that is getting people healthy all over the world! Do a YouTube search on how to do healthy keto. Watch Doctors and experts like Dr. Eric Berg, Dr. Sten Eckberg, Dr. Ken D Berry, Dr. David Jockers, Dr. Mercola, 2 Fit Doctors, Stephanie Keto Person, Thomas Delauer, Siim Land, etc. All of these people have gotten very healthy practicing keto for many years. Don't fall for the deliberate lies of this video when it is so easy to get the correct information by doing a search. Btw, I've been on keto succesfully for 3 years with none of those problems referred to in this video.

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  6. Deanna Pye Posted on May 23, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Anti keto. It makes no sense to eat a high fat diet. There's lots of ways to loose weight without health risks. Good healthy carbs create energy, nutrition and they're low in calories. The keto diet says carbs should be eliminated and that's absolutely ridiculous.

    Reply
  7. Deanna Pye Posted on May 23, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Excellent video. Thank you

    Reply
  8. Malkha Antonio Posted on May 23, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    I'll always go to the basics; no to extremes but everything in moderation.

    Reply
  9. Mickey B. Payne Posted on May 24, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Try intermittent fasting first, then try keto. Some people allow up to 100 calories of carbs.
    Alot of people do keto to eliminate GMO foods, enjoying bread make from other grains.
    Yes, I have one of those Food Science and human nutrition degree too.
    There is tons of cookbooks out there to see if you will like it like it before you try it.
    And yet, most Keto dieters, do high protein, moderate fat, and moderate veggies.

    Reply
  10. SuperDan Posted on May 24, 2019 at 5:05 am

    5 Dangers in over 10 minutes?? no thanks Ill watch something else………. nobody other than yourself cares about how much money you make

    Reply
  11. Stefan Van der Spuy Posted on May 24, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I don't strictly follow keto, but use a lot of the info because I have stopped using statins…

    Reply
  12. DAEMON GAMING Posted on May 24, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Its a humble request to you please make a video for bow legs exercises… I seriously want to get rid of it without surgery… Those who also want such video like this comment…🙏

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  13. Herb Bowler Posted on May 24, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Very good vidio i hope it opens some eyes. Years ago my oriental athletic trainer said. For every calorie from protein consume 2 calories from carbs and for every calorie from carbs consume 2 callories from fats and oils. None should be refined. I had great athletic performance between that and vegan diet

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  14. Ram Anuj Posted on May 25, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Ur pronouncements r all balooney..At least u should try n know the full science behind keto before coming up with such pure nonsense in a youtube video..i will not ever waste time ever looking at ur videos thanq

    Reply
  15. Thatfool Forlife Posted on May 26, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Keto, no any diet is not meant to be taken on blindly. People should only eat what they know is good for them, and avoid what they know is bad for them. Honestly I think that the Keto diet is blasphemy. It's basically veganism for carbohydrates. You need the right nutrition for your body and carbs are the things that give you energy. So without carbs you can't even move your body. What's even worse is that people go into these diets without even researching anything and it just backfires on them. That's why this video is really informative and educational. Thank you Bestie

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  16. chrissie hopkins Posted on May 29, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I have to watch for foods that cause inflammation, but doing it strictly will leave me lacking other things that particular food provides.

    Reply
  17. SaberWaves Coaching Posted on May 31, 2019 at 4:17 am

    👍

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  18. N D Posted on May 31, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    No weird diets, just eat in moderation! A well balanced diet along with moderate exercise.

    Reply
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